In the world of football there are feats considered rare by any standards, and winning a treble is one of these incredible feats. A treble is achieved when a team wins their League, the Champions League and their league cup all in the same season.
While there have been incredible team's that have won trebles over the years there are players that have stood out in these treble wins. One special player in this regard is Samuel Eto'o.
To put his achievement into context it should be noted that there has only been 8 trebles in European football for the last 62 years, and one player was involved in two of those in back to back seasons.
This incredible run started in the 2008/09 season when he was in Barcelona under Pep Guardiola's tiki taka style. The side led by superstars like Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, Xavi and a strong backline commanded by Charles Puyol cruised to the La Liga title as well as the UCL and the Copa Del Rey.
It was indeed a spectacular run as Eto'o contributed heavily with 30 goals to add to his six extra in the UCL. His splendid run was cut short as Pep had other plans with the kind of center forward that would fit into his system. It herladed the end of his Barcelona career where he scored 130 goals in 199 games.
This led to the signing of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and the inevitable sale of Eto'o to Inter Milan. Although it was deemed to be a good move at the time, Ibrahimovic's ego wouldn't let him play second fiddle to Messi in a team where they were very reliant on the Argentine. What was supposed to be a tactical transfer ended up being a waste of funds.
Eto's switch to Inter Milan was as difficult as it gets at the time because he was switching between two absolutely contrasting tactical stlyes from Guardiola to Mourinho the former preferring a balanced possession game while the latter a brutal counter attacker.
He didn't let this bother him as he led the Inter Milan team to the 2009/10 Serie A title as well as the UCL. These achievements were crowned by victory in the Coppa Italia. His victories didn't cover up the difficulty in his switch as he finished the season with 16 goals (one of his lowest season tallies ever).
While trebles are things we see once in two or three decades Samuel Eto'o is one player that has done the impossible by winning back to back trebles with different clubs. Such a feat might never be repeated again in our lifetime as it is of utmost rarity. For that reason we salute the Elite Cameroonian.
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